List of Libyan Wars


 Map of Libya


The History of Libya actually goes back to Biblical times and to the days of the Romans. Modern Libya has only been a nation since indpendence in years after World War Two. Below are the more recent wars and conflicts in Libyan history.

First Barbary War (1801-1805)--Also known in the West as the Tripolitanian War, this was a war between Tripoli and the United States. From this conflict, the United States Marine Corps Hymn uses the phrase "From the Shores of Tripoli..."

The Italo-Turkish War of 1911-1912--Italy conquers Libya in a war against the Turks.

World War Two (1940-1943 in Libya)--Although Libya was occupied by Fascist Italy during World War Two, Libya was a battleground betweent the Italians and Germans on one side, and the British, Americans, and other Allies on the other side.

Khaddafi Coup d'etat (Sept. 1,1969)--The coup led by Colonel Muammar Khaddafi ended the monarchy, and began 42 years of rule by Khaddafi.

Military Coup Attempt (1975)

Libyan-Egyptian War (1977)--A brief four-day border war between Libya and Egypt.

Libyan Intervention in Uganda-Tanzania War (1978-1979)

Libyan invasion of Chad (occupation of Aouzou Strip) (1979)

Tobruk Army Revolt (1980)

Libyan invasion of Chad (1981)

U.S. Air raid against Tripoli and Benghazi (1986)

Libyan War 2011 (2011)-February 15, 2011--Protests against the Libyan government began

Foreign Intervention Began: March 19, 2011

Libyan Revolution Timeline



1. Kohn, George C. Dictionary of Wars. New York: Facts On File Publications. 1999.

2. Dupuy, R. Ernest and Trevor N. Dupey. The Harper Encyclopedia of Military History: From 3500 B.C. to the Present New York, New York: Harper & Row. 1993.


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